These things are being taken figuratively. The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves. This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem because she is in slavery with her children. For it is written (in Isaiah 54:1): Be glad, barren woman, you who never bore a child; shout for joy and cry aloud, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband.” (Galatians 4:24-27)
Why should the barren woman (Sarah) be glad if the desolate woman (Hagar) has more children? This Scripture is puzzling if you don’t continue reading Isaiah 54. The Prophet Isaiah wrote about Sarah. “Enlarge the place of your tent. Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not. Lengthen your cords and strengthen your pegs. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left and your descendants will possess nations and will resettle the desolate cities.” Isaiah 54:2-3
When the full number of Gentiles comes to God and all Israel is saved (Romans 11:25-26), Sarah will have many more children than Hagar, and Sarah’s children will resettle in the desolate cities of Hagar’s children.
Abraham is the father of the chosen family of Israel into which Christians are adopted. His first son, Ishmael was born to a servant, Hagar. His second son, Isaac, was born to his wife, Sarah, and holds the promise of salvation. So the question is: Do you want to be in bondage with Hagar or enjoy freedom with Sarah?
Of course, we choose Sarah. Hers is the line of blessings that leads to peace through Jesus.
But this Scripture says more of us choose Hagar than Sarah. When we do not love and forgive ourselves, trust Jesus to guide us, believe and pray for the promises and blessings in the Bible, or accept the gift of righteousness given to us when Jesus took our sins we live in slavery.
Ask God to guide you throughout the day and request his promises for you and your loved ones. Receive the joy of freedom through Christ.
Father, I praise you for adopting me into the family of Abraham and Sarah. Help me choose to love and forgive myself and others and let you guide me through my day. I call on your promise written in Isaiah 53:5. “By your stripes, we are healed.” Thank you for restoring the health of my loved ones. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.
2 thoughts on “SOAP Devotion Galatians 4:24-27 – Do you live in the freedom of Sarah or the slavery of Hagar? – Free online Bible study – Commentary in easy English – Day 739”
As you know, I lived by the scripture “By your stripes, we are healed.” I give God the glory for healing me and being with me as I traveled an uncertain journey. I give Him the glory for leading me to the right Doctors that could help me. All people go through uncertain journeys at some time in their life. I am grateful that He was with you and restored your health. You and I have much to be grateful for. I also pray for the freedom that comes in the belief of our Savior and His gift of righteousness. He loves us, He forgives us and promises us eternal life.
I also like Jeremiah 33:6 I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. I’ve been praying this and the scripture you mentioned from Isaiah for my unborn grandson. You’re right. We have a lot to be thankful for. Glory to God.